Non Profit Internship Program Testimonial: Tabbi Levengood, 2020

Interested in a career in non profit or government? Do you want to learn more about community organizations? Would you like to leverage your business skills for social good? 

Bentley University’s Service Learning & Civic Engagement Center through a grant from the Yawkey Foundation offers the opportunity to pursue a full semester internship that provides students with the opportunity to work for a local nonprofit or government agency to improve civic, citizenship, and academic skills. The program is a 70 hour, 10 week program that runs in conjunction with a three-credit course. Students will also receive a stipend for their participation in the program.

Curious to learn more? Hear from a current student who completed the internship! Keep an eye out for applications details soon!

Tabbi Levengood, Actuarial Science, LSM in Global Perspectives, 2020

I am a senior actuarial science major with an LSM in global perspectives. With Bentley’s Non Profit Internship Program, I interned with WE Charity doing research on social issues. I worked with Spencer West, an inspirational speaker, to create a series of videos about social issues for his YouTube channel. The videos were created through research I completed and are now seen by individuals across the world. I applied to the program not knowing that this would be my specific experience, but I just wanted to learn more about the nonprofit industry as a whole. I certainly learned about the industry and much more. I worked remotely, so good communication skills were even more necessary than being physically in an office. It taught me how to be independent in my work, but to seek help when it’s necessary. These are skills that I can now use to market myself as I look for a full time opportunity post-graduation.

Since my work was primarily research and writing based, I did not use many of the technical skills I learned from my actuarial courses, but I used the research skills I learned through general education classes. Although my project itself was not business related, I was able to see that even nonprofit organizations need individuals with business skills to keep the organization running efficiently. There are areas across WE Charity that nearly every Bentley student would be able to utilize the skills they’ve learned and developed at Bentley. I would recommend the Non Profit Internship Program to all Bentley students because it can help build the skills they currently have, but also develop new skills and a broader understanding of other industries. I grew so much through this experience, and I know others will as well!

Additional videos to check out:

https://youtu.be/szCFOllnpzQ

https://youtu.be/dxqTg-Dr–s

https://youtu.be/G_9oimXo8FY

 

By Jennifer Graham
Jennifer Graham Senior Assistant Director, Pulsifer Undergraduate Career Development Center Jennifer Graham